In 1922, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra performed its first concert at the Montclair Art Museum. They weren't called by that name yet, and they only had 19 string players at the time, but it was a show that established the orchestra as an important organ in the artistic community. It also might have been the last time the group was largely unknown. The ensemble quickly swelled in size, talent, and popularity as it racked up one significant achievement after another. In 1968, Henry Lewis joined the company to become the first African-American music director of a major symphony. The orchestra reached new heights under his leadership, taking the stage at Carnegie Hall and at the Garden State Arts Center with Luciano Pavarotti?a guest who joined the musicians again in 1984 to perform the first-ever classical program at the humble speakeasy known as Madison Square Garden. The group's illustrious career continued into the late '80s, as it performed live on PBS and played a concert of Bernstein works that won the admiration of the man himself.
Today, the NJSO continues to confidently play into the 21st century. Under the current leadership of Music Director Jacques Lacombe, the ensemble shares seasons of classical, pops, and family programs, along with outdoor concerts, and educational projects. But the group has never forgotten its humble beginnings, maintaining a commitment to the community that caused The Wall Street Journal to call them ?a vital, artistically significant musical organization."
Plumes of fragrant steam swirl above bowls as waiters deliver hefty portions of paella to red-linen-topped tables inside Vivo Tapas Lounge. In the paella, clamshells, shrimp, mussel shells, and pearly scallops pop amid a heap of golden saffron rice. The eatery’s paella complements a list of hot and cold tapas, all of which exemplify the restaurant's Zagat rating of very good to excellent food. On small tapas plates, chefs arrange tiny patties of spanish tuna or mushrooms stuffed with onions, bacon, pine nuts, and mozzarella cheese. After meals, the crowd can get to their feet and dance the night away amid colorful beams of light and exposed-brick walls. Sheer curtains cordon off private seating with tufted, high-backed banquettes for VIP parties and laid-back tax audits.
Backed by the 60-piece human melody machine of the Johann Strauss Orchestra, conductor and violinist André Rieu enchants audiences with an evening of swooning in their seats and dancing in the aisles. A violinist since the age of 5, André radiates his lifelong love of classical music to the audience with celebratory renditions of beloved pieces. As Rieu interacts with the audience, the air fills with kaleidoscopic balloons, lilting tenors and sopranos, and special surprises, which may include a John Philip Sousa séance or an explosion of confetti fired from the tubas.
Like other Mediterranean cuisines, Portuguese fare incorporates aromatic doses of olive oil, garlic, onions, and wine. But unique to this cuisine is its intercontinental flair; you'll find rice from Asia, hot peppers from Africa, and cinnamon, cloves, and ginger from India, all influenced by the Portuguese colonies once spread across the globe. PortuCale Restaurant & Bar brings all this together in a festive and welcoming space. The seafood-heavy menu features six variations on shrimp, a lobster, clam, and scallop entree doused in the chef's secret hot sauce, and tilapia and salmon filets rubbed in zesty lemon sauces. Specialty meat dishes such as braised Portuguese steak topped with an egg and pork loins with mushrooms, clams, and Spanish potatoes add a robust, meaty element to the proceedings. And dishes like mac and cheese and chicken fingers keep kids from getting cranky and eating their homework.
The space is festive and distinctly Mediterranean?think dark-finished wood furnishings set against light exposed brick. Bartenders make pitchers of Sangria, stock wines from Portugal and Spain, and keep 20-year-old Porto wines on hand. They also sell fine cigars that guests can bring to the outdoor patio?itself a draw for its castle-like stone walls, waterfalls, and faux-moat?and take puffs from between sips of single-malt whisky and cognac from the bar.
For ethnic cuisine with a Spanish twist, dine at Mompou Tapas Bar and Lounge in North Ironbound.
Vegans will be happy to see a wide array of meal options at Mompou Tapas Bar and Lounge.
For those searching for something other than a beer or cocktail, be sure to scan the wine list. The bar also provides TVs in the bar area, so you can stay entertained with your drink of choice.
Weather permitting, come enjoy a wonderful meal outside at Mompou Tapas Bar and Lounge.
Enjoy live music with your food and drinks at Mompou Tapas Bar and Lounge as well.
If you're heading to the bar on a Friday or Saturday, don't get stuck in line with the rest of the crowds — reservations are accepted.
Enjoy the vibe here with a business casual dress code.
If you're in a hurry, place an order for pickup instead.
The bar has catering services as well.
Street parking is provided for those dining at the bar's Ferry Street location.
You'll also find plenty of safe spaces to lock up your bike if you prefer to cycle to the bar.
A mid-priced establishment, Mompou Tapas Bar and Lounge offers meals that typically cost about $30 or less.
Mompou Tapas Bar and Lounge accepts major credit cards, including Discovery and AMEX.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the bar, but reviewers rate the dinner menu the highest.
Enjoy a filling Spanish lunch or dinner at Lancer's Restaurant.
Both low-fat and gluten-free options are available here.
Lancer's Restaurant also provides alcohol, so diners don't have to worry about bringing their own bottle.
Lancer's Restaurant is a suitable restaurant for both large and small groups.
Lancer's Restaurant keeps your ears entertained with live music or a DJ.
Sit back and enjoy the restaurant's live music, or take your table out on the dance floor.
Be prepared to raise your voice, though — the restaurant can get noisy.
If you plan to hit the restaurant on a Friday or Saturday, it's best to fend off the crowds by calling ahead for a reservation.
Folks tend to dress down at Lancer's Restaurant, so keep comfort in mind when heading to the restaurant.
Lancer's Restaurant can also cater your next party; call today for details.
At Lancer's Restaurant, diners can make use of the street, valet and garage parking options.
A mid-priced establishment, Lancer's Restaurant offers meals that typically cost about $30 or less.